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AMS Participates in Town-Gown Symposium

May 14, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is very pleased to be participating in this year’s Town Gown Association of Ontario's Symposium. The symposium is an important opportunity to share best practices and ideas between community, postsecondary and government leaders. The AMS is pleased to be working alongside our community partners this week to share the ways in which we have enhanced our community, and we are excited to learn about new ideas and approaches that have proven successful elsewhere. The AMS remains committed to facilitating an ever-improving relationship between the City of Kingston and the wider student community.

The opening reception, held last night at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, marked the beginning of a very constructive week. Attended by city councillors, various University delegations, the Hon. John Gerretsen (Attorney General) and the Hon. Glen Murray (Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities) this was an important opportunity for the Alma Mater Society to share its experiences. The Alma Mater Society would like to thank the Hon. Glen Murray for taking several minutes to meet separately with the AMS President, Vice President of University Affairs, and Municipal Affairs Commissioner. The meeting allowed the AMS to discuss several prevalent issues facing post-secondary education, as well as the importance of improved Town-Gown relations.

“I would like to thank the organizers of the Symposium for providing this forum in which student leaders, public officials and postsecondary institutions are able to interact and exchange best practices in regard to Town-Gown relations,” said AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner Troy Sherman. “It has provided the AMS a unique opportunity to engage with our colleagues in student government from around the province and the country, and to discuss similar challenges that we face in our capacity as student leaders”.

Minister Murray & A.G. Gerretsen

Please direct all media inquiries to Taylor Mann, AMS Communications Officer, at or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.


Alma Mater Society (AMS) -
The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.

Town Gown Association of Ontario (TGAO) -
Town and Gown Association of Ontario  is dedicated to improving the quality of life in those municipalities that host post secondary institutions by promoting and supporting activities that ensure cohesive communities that are safe, healthy and enjoyable.